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Cal Expo Amphitheatre
Sacramento, California

Our Dead of the Day comes from the 1993 night at Cal Expo in Sacramento. The Shakedown opener gets things going quite nicely with a 15-minute version of pure ‘90s Dead, which, as you can see, can be quite a good thing. The Dire Wolf and Masterpiece also provide some highlights in the well-played and satisfying first set. The tuning before the second-set opener is one of the more provocative the Dead provided, though we would love to read in the comments some other folks’ favorite tunings (an understudied area of Dead lore, it seems). The Picasso Moon that finally comes forth is as good as it gets with Bobby’s verve shaping the trajectory of the playing. The tune eventually melds into Fire on the Mountain, an unsual, but totally...